New comic teaching teens about sustainability by Angela Boyle ’16
Angela Boyle ’16 wrote Maker Comics: Live Sustainably, a graphic novel with art by Les McClaine for First Second’s Maker Comics series. Coming in April 2022, eight projects get teens and tweens started down the path of living green. You’ll watch as Isaac learns about sustainability from Aurora at his local community garden. Not only will you learn about what sustainability is and why it’s important, but you will also get step-by-step instructions for projects to help you get started living a greener life: beeswax food wrappers, a bee garden, a worm farm, a cute to-go cutlery pack, and so much more.
New: What’s the Matter Marlo? by Andrew Arnold ’07
What’s the Matter Marlo? by The Center for Cartoon Studies grad Andrew Arnold just released with Roaring Brook Press! The picture book about best friends highlights empathy, as well as anger and sadness, and reminds us these aren’t feelings to run away from, but instead to help each other through. Order a copy of What’s the Matter Marlo? today!
Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers by Mathew New ’14
Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers by Matthew New ’14 is being published by Capstone Publishing in August 2020. Originally self-published as four mini-comics for his The Center for Cartoon Studies thesis, this story has it all: humor, peril, and out-of-this-world archaeological adventures (oh, and ducks!).
Daryl Seitchik ‘ 18 is working on her second graphic novel, Follow the Doll. Her first graphic novel, Exits (Koyama Press) was in the top 20 graphic novels on Amazon for 2016 and was nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album. She gave the following interview with Angela Boyle ′16.
Drag Icon Sasha Velour ′13 Makes Triumphant Return To Vermont As CCS Commencement Speaker
White River Junction, Vermont – CCS alumni Sasha Velour ′13, a gender-fluid drag queen and international icon, will deliver the commencement address to The Center for Cartoon Studies’ class of 2020. The Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 11am, at The Barrette Center for The Arts in White River Junction, Vermont. Velour first began performing in drag in White River Junction.
Velour was the winner of season 9 of the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since winning, she has had top billing in drag shows around the world, including sold out solo appearances in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Toronto, Vancouver, and Auckland. Her performances have been hailed as “expressionist performance-art illustration” by The New York Times and a “spellbinding tour de force” by Forbes.
Sasha Velour ′13 is going on a North American tour with Smoke and Mirrors. Starting on October 21 in Texas and winding their way through The States and across Canada. The show toured Australia and New Zealand with In The Dark Events in January 2019 to rave reviews. It debuted in the U.S. for the first time in March 2019 at New York Live Arts, played The Ace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles in May, and made its UK debut with two sold-out engagements at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London this August.
Andrew Arnold ′07 is the editorial director for a new line of graphic novels under HarperCollins for Harper Alley. They are a “collaborative, creator-focused publisher” specializing in graphic novels for “readers of all ages.” They plan to release about ten books per year, with their first graphic novel is coming out in 2020. Previously, Andrew was the art director and acquiring editor at First Second.
Congratulations Andrew! We look forward to seeing your guidance bring forth many graphic novels to come.
Melanie Gillman ′12 is an instructor and graphic novelist who specializes in LGBTQ books for kids and teens. They’re the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel As the Crow Flies, which has won multiple awards, including being named a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. They have also worked on several licensed kids comics titles in the past, including Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Care Bears. Melanie is a member of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Melanie’s newest graphic novel, a lesbian western romance titled Stage Dreams, will be published by Lerner/Graphic Universe in Fall 2019.
Luke Healy’s ′14 spent the last half of 2016 walking the Pacific Crest Trail alone. And since then he has been working on his comic about the experience. His third book—Americana (and the Act of Getting Over It)—is coming out from NoBrow in fall 2019.
Growing up in Dublin, this memoir is about growing up obsessed with the US and how walking the PCT was a big life goal. For a brief snippet, Luke has a comic up at The Nib about learning that his paternal grandfather was dying while on the lonely hike.